Just in case your new to Minnesota sports, welcome to Minnesota sports.
By the off-chance that any ostriches are reading this, the good guys lost last night. Spectacularly.
From a confident Marco Scandella literally jumping over opposing defensemen (and almost subsequently leading to the O'Reilly goal) to everyone but Clayton Stoner pulling a #Stoner2Hossa, you can't say the game wasn't entertaining. And boy, was that third period entertaining in the most
masochistic Minnesotan of ways.
In the Wild's defense, they had everything going against them (from a Minnesotan perspective):
- Holding a two goal lead going into the third.
- Going an entire two and a half periods without a terribad Spurgeon pass that results in a goal against.
- Having the opposing team start a back-up goaltender.
- Nathan MacKinnon.
- Prosser (even though he had a strong game) dressed instead of Blum.
- Ryan Suter only played half of the game.
- Pushing the net off its moorings rather than kicking it (because that's just A-OK).
- Kyle Brodziak getting confident with the puck.
- Oh, and Kyle Brodziak.
In all seriousness, this isn't the kind of vibe you won't going into your first post at HW, but so is the risk that goes with covering Minnesota sports. Haula and McCormick(aside from that "Hey! I'm a career 4th liner!" penalty) had very strong games from the 4th line. Matt Cooke was phenomenal in terms of being Matt Cooke. There was literally a point where two words came from his mouth and and five Colorado players immediately rushed up to him to give their insight. And take his lunch money. Zach Parise was an absolute beast on the boards and was the best player for the Wild last night. If someone could please .gif the play where he's battling two AvNots on the half-boards, has the puck deflected straight up in the air, and jumps over said AvNots to catch the puck in mid-air and deliver a clean pass back to the point. I know for a fact that it happened somewhere within the first period.
With (almost) all jokes aside, Jared Spurgeon turned in a pretty solid showing until he decided to fill the quota on his gamely turnover that potentially costs us the game. Jonas Brodin, however, was (and hasn't been) his old self. I really like the kid, but the decisions behind the net have been costing us games left and right all season. The same errors were evident back in 2013-2013, but this time around he doesn't have Ryan Suter to his left picking up the slack. Be better kid.
Anyway, this loss definitely stings. But it's not all
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Other Playoff Results
Schwartz ties game late, Steen scores winner in triple overtime (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports And that's why you don't bet on sports.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers - Recap - April 17, 2014 - ESPN- At least the Flyers gave their fans just one scapegoat...
Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche: Puck Daddy’s Tinder NHL playoff preview | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Well, he didn't see that coming.
Nate Prosser heard call of the Wild - TwinCities.com And he also heard plenty of this last night (despite being +1).
Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper deemed better, but not ready - TwinCities.com Anyone know if he can play RD?
Tom Powers: Wild falter, but they gave as good as they got - TwinCities.com Umm...is that optimism I'm sensing?
Playoffs Flashback: 2007/08, Round 1, Game 1 vs Colorado Avalanche - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More Wild appear to be sticking with the good and old game plan.
Minnesota Wild 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Playbook What you need to know!
Colorado Avalanche: Wild's foe led by power of positive thinking - TwinCities.com #AnythingButPositiveThinking
Avs captain Landeskog sets an example for teammates | Star Tribune #AnyoneButSuperSwedes
Off the Trail
2014 NHL playoffs Western Conference series storylines | Home Ice - SI.com Get'cha ya stories here!
2014 NHL playoffs Eastern Conference storylines | Home Ice - SI.com Get'em while they still cheap!
Ryan Getzlaf to play in Game 2 after facial laceration, ‘numerous’ stitches (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Man, is that going to be an awesome scar. Just to share something about myself, I got Brayden Schenn'ed a little over a year a go and it looked like this.
Ryan Miller hopes to rectify trade to St. Louis ...by not resigning with St. Louis?
Sabres radio station deals with lost draft lottery by singing 'Let it go' parody | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports The most Harrison Mooney thing ever to be done by not-Harrison Mooney.